Jeannie Baker Art Inspiration

Jeannie baker is a famous Australian author and illustrator. She has written many books about family and the environment. The year foundation to year 2 students have been reading some of her stories in the artroom and using her illustrations as inspiration for their own works of art.

The year foundation students are learning about family. Jeannie baker books ‘Grandfather and Grandmother’ tell the story of Jeannie’s family and her memories of times spend with these two special people in her life.

The year 1/2 students are focusing on the environment so have been reading a range of her books such as ‘The story of Rosie Dock’, ‘Where the Forest meets the Sea’ and ‘Window.

Jeannie Baker using collage to illustrate her books and collects items from nature to make these pictures. Have a look on her website and at the short videos she has up. They are fascinating. Students are focusing on texture and creating collages to show either a family portrait or an environmental scene. Stay tuned.

A collection of items to be used in texture collages.
A collection of items to be used in texture collages.

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Jeannie baker link below:


Foundation Primary Colours and Line Unit

The Foundation students have focused on the Art Elements of Colour and Line this term. They have learnt about mixing the primary colours to make the secondary colours and about using lines to make geometric shapes.

Students look at works by famous artist Jean Mondrian. They then drew a design in their visual diaries and coloured this in using crayons to ensure the pattern and design where correct. Students then painted black lines on to white paper to create geometric shapes such as squares and rectangles. These where then filled in using yellow, red and blue paint. They look striking and I think it would be hard to tell one of our students works from an original! screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-3-30-25-pm screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-3-30-42-pm screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-3-30-52-pm screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-3-31-03-pmimg_5095 img_5096 img_5097 img_5098 img_5099 img_5100 img_5101 img_5102

Year 5/6 Monocromatic Colours Paintings

The year 5/6 students have been working on a unit based on Monocromatic colours. They have had to choose a colour and mix shades and tones using black and white paint.

Their portraits are of influential people that the students think have or are making a difference in our world.

The learnt a technique of transferring an image of one size onto a larger piece of paper using a grid technique and a bit of knowledge from maths lessons.

They are almost done but to get us started here are some pics of the students working on these portraits. image image image image

Artroom Display and Dropsheet Project

Starting a new year with a new look. Fresh and clean new drop sheets where added to the Artroom tables this week. I think they look so crisp. I am excited however to see them get a little messy.


I also added a few drawing inspiration and some greenery to the room with a succulent display on each table.


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2016 the year of the Portrait!

It was a hive of activity in the art room over the past few days as students got back into it. Each student from Foundation to year 6 has brought in their blank, fresh, ready to get the creative juices flowing visual diary.

The shelf in the artroom is a visual diary lovers dream. I do find myself looking at them and dreaming of the endless possibilities and projects that will be created and recorded in these blank pages.

Our first task was to work on a front cover.

I have dubbed 2016 ‘the year of the portrait’ what better place to start the year in art than by looking at a face. Weather it be your face or someone else. The eyes as I’m sure you have heard are the key to the soul. This inspired our first front cover page and artist to study. I bet you can guess who or what painting I’m writing about. Yep, the MONA Lisa. The students have been looking at her eyes and the fact that they do follow you around.

The front cover page of the diary is a MONA Lisa inspired page that has to be transferred to reflect the artist. Have a look at these pics of the students beginning their portraits. I’ll add more photos as we work on this task. image image image

Scarechooks and Scarepeople!

I have been working on a project for the school Greenteam. After meeting with Leigh the Greenteam Teacher we decided we wanted some small works or art for the veggie patch. We wanted something that would last in the weather and look funky and smart. Our plan was to create a Scarecrow Family. So…… two scarechooks, one Scarelady and a Scareman. This is stage one complete. Now to let the kids decorate them! image

Birds, Birds and More Birds!

The year 1/2 students have been working on a Bird Sculpture project this term. They are looking fantastic. Enjoy looking at the photos as they progress and develop. I can’t wait to display these at the art show!

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Stay tuned….more photos to come!

Year 3/4 Still Life Collage & Paint

image image imageThe year 3/4 students have been using the mediums of collage and paint to finish off their Still Life Rule of Thirds Drawings. I can’t wait to see them finished. They look fantastic so far and the collage tiling is very effective on the painted background.

As the year 3/4 students have been learning about rules in the classroom, we have also been focusing on rules in art. We looked at The Rule of Thirds and how artists use composition to create works of art. We spoke about using scale, balance and proportion (focusing on the art principles and elements) and looked at a range of still life works of art. Our focus artists was Vincent Van Gogh and his sunflower paintings. We spoke about how some of the flowers are on different angles and some cut off the page.


Students then had a go at drawing their own Still Life using a template of The Rule of Thirds. This helped them to think about size, scale and composition.

They are still working of their final pieces.